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1913 Timeline

Major activities and events are listed chronologically. Each item is designated as either primarily national or North Carolina (US or NC).

This timeline provides a chronology of additional national and North Carolina events.

January 6 1913
Miss Myrtle Bunn, a North Carolinian, presents a charter for a Charlotte woman suffrage organization at a gathering of suffragists in Washington, DC. (US)

January 9, 1913
The Winston-Salem Suffrage League is disbanded. The Winston Sentinel declares that "the time is not yet ripe for launching the great equal suffrage movement in North Carolina." (NC)

February 8, 1913
The NC legislature passes an act to grant women's rights to their own earnings and to personally recover damages for personal injuries. (NC)

February 17, 1913
Judge Walter Clark speaks on municipal suffrage to the Raleigh women's club, asking women to lead. The club votes unanimously against supporting suffrage. (NC)

March 3, 1913
Pearl Woodlief of Durham is the only woman from North Carolina to attend and march in "Woman Suffrage Procession" in Washington, DC. (US)

March 12, 1913
The NC legislature ratifies an act that allows women to be appointed to serve on school boards and other education-related committees. (NC)

May 9, 1913
Judge Walter Clark speaks on "The Legal Status of Women in North Carolina, Past, Present and Prospective" at the North Carolina Federation of Women's Clubs. (NC)

June 25, 1913
Lucy Burns of the National American Women Suffrage Association addresses a legislative commission on women's suffrage during the Morehead City session. (NC)

July 1913
A pro-suffrage parade is held in Morganton on July 4. The Equal Suffrage League of Morganton is established. (NC)

October 10, 1913
Seven women hold a meeting in the Charlotte home of Susan Bynum to form an "equal suffrage league" with a statewide focus. Anna Forbes Liddell is selected as chair. (NC)

November 1-3, 1913
Lila Meade Valentine, president of the Equal Suffrage League of Virginia, speaks to a large gathering held by a local equal suffrage group at the Academy of Music in Charlotte, then again in Winston-Salem. (NC)

November 1913
Women landowners in Lincoln County are permitted to vote on a drainage tax; the Charlotte Daily Observer quotes the Lincoln Times, which states that this makes Lincoln County the "first in State to grant votes to women." (NC)

November 10-12, 1913
The Southern States Woman Suffrage Conference meeting in New Orleans is attended by many Charlotte area suffragists. The United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) refuses to accept greetings from the Association and declines the offer of President Kate Gordon to speak to the UDC. (US)

December 3, 1913
The Equal Suffrage League of North Carolina meets at the Carnegie Library in Charlotte and elects its officers, including Barbara Henderson as president. Mrs. J. Eugene (Laura) Reilley is selected as first vice president. (NC)

December 4, 1913
Mrs. E. St. Clair (Ella) Thompson of Bakersville and Miss Myrtle Bunn of Wilson are received as accredited representatives of NC at the National Convention. (US)